Assessing the availability of LLINs for continuous distribution through routine antenatal care and the Expanded Programme on Immunizations in sub-Saharan Africa

Continuous LLIN distribution to women attending antenatal care (ANC) and all infants attending the Expanded Programme on Immunization (EPI) services appear to be under-utilized, especially EPI-based distribution. However, quality data from more countries are needed for consistent and reliable programme performance monitoring. A greater focus on routine data collection, monitoring and reporting on LLINs distributed through both ANC and EPI can provide insight into both strengths and weaknesses of continuous distribution, and improve the effectiveness of these delivery channels.

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Publication date: May 2016
Source: Malaria Journal
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Eliminating malaria

This short report provides a broad overview of the history of malaria control/elimination from the 1930s onward, the current Global Technical Strategy for 2030, anticipated challenges, and highlights of success cases in each WHO region. The language is very simple and it includes explanations of current tools and the distinction between control, elimination, and eradication. Would be appropriate for policy makers and others who require an easy to understand overview of the field.

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Publication date: April 2016
Source: WHO
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/eliminating-malaria/

Investing in Malaria in Pregnancy in Sub-Saharan Africa: Saving Women’s and Children’s Lives

An infographic developed by RBM’s Malaria in Pregnancy Working Group to address the need for key facts on MiP and high level talking points targeting MoH policy makers and managers.

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Publication date: April 2016
Source: Roll Back Malaria
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Strengthening individual capacity in monitoring and evaluation of malaria control programmes to streamline M&E systems and enhance information use in malaria endemic countries

Malaria control interventions in most endemic countries have intensified in recent years and so there is a need for a robust monitoring and evaluation (M&E) system to measure progress and achievements. Providing programme and M&E officers with the appropriate skills is a way to strengthen malaria’s M&E systems and enhance information use for programmes’ implementation.

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Publication date: April 2016
Source: Malaria Journal
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Feasibility, acceptability and impact of integrating malaria rapid diagnostic tests and pre-referral rectal artesunate into the integrated community case management programme. A pilot study in Mchinji district, Malawi

The World Health Organization recommends that persons of all ages suspected of malaria should receive a parasitological confirmation of malaria by use of malaria rapid diagnostic test (RDT) at community level, and that rectal artesunate should be used as a pre-referral treatment for severe malaria to rapidly reduce parasitaemia. This paper reports on findings from a pilot study that assessed the feasibility, acceptability and effects of integrating RDTs and pre-referral rectal artesunate into the integrated Community Case Management programme in Malawi.

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Publication date: March 2016
Source: Malaria Journal
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Measuring implementation strength: lessons from the evaluation of public health strategies in low- and middle-income settings

Measuring the strength of programme implementation and assessing its association with outcomes is a promising approach to strengthen pragmatic impact evaluation, both to assess impact and to identify which aspects of a programme need to be strengthened.

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Publication date: March 2016
Source: Health Policy and Planning
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/measuring-implementation-strength-lessons-from-the-evaluation-of-public-health-strategies-in-low-and-middle-income-settings/

Policy analysis for deciding on a malaria vaccine RTS,S in Tanzania

The decision-making process for adopting malaria interventions and new vaccines in general takes years. In the case of the proposed introduction of malaria vaccines in Tanzania, a specific framework for decision-making will speed up the administrative process and shorten the time until the vaccine is made available to the target population.

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Publication date: March 2016
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/policy-analysis-for-deciding-on-a-malaria-vaccine-rtss-in-tanzania/

Trends in US President’s Malaria Initiative-funded indoor residual spray coverage and insecticide choice in sub-Saharan Africa (2008–2015): urgent need for affordable, long-lasting insecticides

The scaling up of IRS coverage in sub-Saharan Africa has been successful in several epidemiological settings and contributed to reduced malaria transmission rates. However, the spread and intensification of pyrethroid resistance in malaria vectors led many control programmes to spray alternative insecticides.

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Publication date: March 2016
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Multi-country comparison of delivery strategies for mass campaigns to achieve universal coverage with insecticide-treated nets: what works best?

Mass distribution campaigns are the fastest way to rapidly scale up ITN coverage. However, the best strategy to distribute ITNs to ensure household coverage targets are met is still under debate. This paper presents results from 14 post-campaign surveys in five African countries to assess whether the campaign strategy used had any effect on distribution outcome.

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Publication date: February 2016
Source: Malaria Journal
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/multi-country-comparison-of-delivery-strategies-for-mass-campaigns-to-achieve-universal-coverage-with-insecticide-treated-nets-what-works-best/

Hitting a Moving Target: A Model for Malaria Elimination in the Presence of Population Movement

Malaria elimination strategies may be unsuccessful if they focus only on vector biology, and ignore the mobility patterns of humans, particularly where the majority of infections are imported. In the first study in Mpumalanga Province in South Africa designed for this purpose, a metapopulation model is developed to assess the impact of their proposed elimination-focused policy interventions. The mathematical model predicts malaria elimination to be possible only when imported infections are treated before entry or eliminated at the source suggesting that a regionally focused strategy appears needed, for achieving malaria elimination in Mpumalanga and South Africa.

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Publication date: December 2015
Source: PLOS One
Permalink: http://www.makingmalariahistory.org/toolkit-resource/hitting-a-moving-target-a-model-for-malaria-elimination-in-the-presence-of-population-movement/